Donald Trump hits Billings, Montana, on Thursday for a huge rally expected to draw 10,000 people, making the Trump rally the biggest in Billings history, or at least tied with a 1982 rally held by then-President Ronald Reagan, who rode into the RimRock Auto Arena in a stagecoach.
Scroll down this page for a live stream of the Donald Trump rally in Billings, Montana.
But the rally may not be quite the joyous occasion as the Reagan event 34 years earlier, at least not outside the Arena, after violence and unrest erupted outside Trump rallies on Tuesday and Wednesday, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Anaheim, California.
— CNN (@CNN) May 25, 2016
Donald Trump may find somewhat friendlier terrain in Montana, however. The state has been reliably “red” in every election since 1976, except for 1992 when the state voted for Bill Clinton over then-incumbent Republican President George H.W. Bush.
Also, Trump on Wednesday picked up the endorsement of Montana congressmember Ryan Zinke, a former Navy SEAL, who also volunteered himself as Trump’s vice-presidential pick, or to serve as secretary of defense in a potential Donald Trump cabinet.
Zinke, only the 12th member of congress to officially endorse Donald Trump, will deliver a speech introducing Donald Trump at the Thursday rally in Billings.
Both anti-Trump protesters and Donald Trump supporters gathered outside the Anaheim Convention Center in Orange County, California, on Wednesday, and the situation threatened to erupt into violence as the protesters smashed a Mexican piñata designed to look like Donald Trump.
The pro-Trump protesters shouted back, telling protesters that they were the reason why Trump would build a wall along the Mexican border.
More severe violence broke out the previous night in Albuquerque, as seen in the below news video from CNN.
To watch a live steam of the Donald Trump rally at RimRock Auto Arena in Billings, Montana, on Thursday, May 26, click on the video below. The event is scheduled to get underway at 4 p.m. Mountain Time. That’s 6 p.. Eastern, 3 p.m. Pacific.
The protests in Anaheim resulted in eight arrests, and according to media reports, police, many in full riot gear, outnumbered the protest group of about 100.
But the Anaheim rally got more attention on the internet Wednesday for a strange occurrence at the podium, than for the tension outside the arena. Cameras caught a fly alighting in Trump’s famous head of hair, going undetected by the candidate as the insect appeared to find a home in Trump’s mane.
Watch the incident in the Twitter video below.
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) May 26, 2016
Even as the fly was crawling through his hair, Trump continued his attacks on likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, this time slamming her over a State Department report issued on Wednesday that criticized her handling of a private email server while she was secretary of State.
Trump told the Anaheim crowd that he planned to “make a big, big play for California” in the November general election — though California has not voted in favor of a Republican presidential candidate since 1988. Bill Clinton won California twice, as did Barack Obama.
Al Gore and John Kerry also won the state in 2000 and 2004 respectively. In 2012 and 2008, Obama won California with more than 60 percent of the vote.
Donald Trump trails Hillary Clinton by large margins in every recent California poll. In the most recent poll taken in the state, by SurveyUSA and KABC-TV, Clinton won 52 percent support to just 38 percent for Trump.
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Donald Trump has begun his general election campaign against Clinton early. Following the two rallies earlier in the week and the Billings rally on Thursday, Trump has two rallies that will stream live from California scheduled in Friday — in Frenso at 10 a.m. and then San Diego at 2 p.m. Pacific Time.
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